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Mark's Mailbag - Printed books and DVDs

Mark's Mailbag are occasional posts to the blog in response to questions people submit on the Fishing 411 website.  Mark personally responds to the question and when relevant, we repost his answer here.  If you have a question you would like to ask Mark, please visit us at

On January 28, 2015, Tom writes:  Hi I AM a fan of the show especially walleye and perch on Lake Erie.Glad to see it in on WFN as i was bugging them to get it in their schedule.Just wondered if you had books or dvds out to purchase.I see this kindle stuff,not sure what that book?Iam old school and prefer a book or to watch a dvd or maybe something to consider?Thanks Great show one of the best in the WFN lineup.

Mark Replies:  Tom, thanks for writing. No one could be more Old School than me! I’ve written 13 books on fishing for the print media and all are out of print currently. I love to read books and magazines with a cup of coffee nearby, but the future of printed and books and DVD’s is downright pitiful. We stopped printing books about three years ago and DVD’s about the same time. Virtually everything you can find in printed form you can find cheaper in a Kindle, blog, YouTube or other digital medium.

We currently have three Kindle books for sale at and a fourth tips e-book we are giving away in exchange for anglers signing on to get our weekly fishing blogs. We are literally flooding the market with electronic information in the form of blogs, e-pubs, Kindle books, YouTubes and even full (commercial free) versions of the Fishing 411 show.

If you’re technology savvy enough to write this e-mail, you’re more than savvy enough to tap into these many ways we share information on-line. A great place to start is to visit our site and to start reading our weekly blogs. You’ll even notice we sometimes write a blog about a viewers question which makes the site interactive.

Everyone who writes me via e-mail, our website or through social networking channels gets a personal response. We take the sharing of fishing information very seriously and do everything we can to get the “good word” out to folks. Unfortunately printed books and DVD’s are just not a cost effective way of sharing information anymore.

Check out our website, sign on for reminders to our weekly fishing blogs and go to YouTube (search Fishing 411) to see all of the videos we have on-line as well. Thanks again Tom for writing and also for the kind words about Fishing 411. It’s folks just like you that keep of fired up to produce more fishing information every week.

Best fishes,

Mark Romanack, Host/Producer
Fishing 411/411 Productions